Two friends are chatting about their diets.
The first one says, “I want to be healthy and feel great.”
The second one says, “I intend to be healthy and feel great.”
Which one do you think is going to get healthy and feel great? Yep— more than likely, the one who intends it.
Wanting is simply wishing you can have or do a particular thing it. Intending means you’re committed to achieving something by making a plan for success—and sticking to it! Intention setting also works on the Reticular Activating System of your brain which is responsible for filtering out some of the 4 billion bits of information that it processes each day. When you set an intention, your brain starts filtering out the information that isn’t in alignment with that intention – it works and it’s powerful!
The Fuel for Desired Results
The key to intention is action – try this to build your intention muscle:
- Get clear on what you want. Create a vision board by gathering images and words that pertain to your goal, and gluing them onto a large piece of construction paper. Hang the collage in a spot where you’ll see it often. (Or, you can use an online service like Pinterest to create a digital vision board.)
- Do something to make your desire happen. Let’s say you want to eat four servings of vegetables a day. Your first action may be to go to a farmers’ market and purchase a few veggies you can cook for dinner.
- Celebrate your achievement! Don’t forget to congratulate yourself for meeting your goal.
How to Have a Great Day… Every Day!
Did you know that you can even set an intention to have a great day?
Rather than diving into your morning and hoping you’ll achieve your day’s big goal, why not take a moment and set yourself up for success?
Try this “Setting An Intention to Succeed” exercise used by professional athletes, speakers, politicians, and performers:
- Upon waking, lie in bed and think about what you have planned for your day (or, find a quiet spot to sit and contemplate).
- Think about your desired outcome. Take a deep breath and visualize yourself succeeding.
- Replay your success several times in your mind.
- Next, add other senses, including sounds, smells, and touch. For instance, as you replay your success, you now also hear the director offering you the gig, or you feel the physical sensation of your finger hitting the “send” button on your latest assignment.
- Lastly, replay the scene again, adding emotions. Feel your elation at getting the part, or your pride at finally finishing your work.
Here’s something you should know too – failure is PART of succeeding. As much as we don’t want to hear this, it’s the truth. Some of the most POWERFUL leaders in the world try to fail. Not necessarily because they like the feeling but because they know it’s moving them towards their dream.
If you want to get an advantage, if you want to achieve epic success, you have to be willing to do the things that make you say “shit, I don’t really want to do that right now… or maybe ever”.
But then you go and do it anyways. And maybe it doesn’t go as you had hoped. You think it’s a failure. Perhaps you even think you are a failure. But it’s actually a gift. The gift of things not going as planned just shows you one more way that doesn’t work so that you keep getting closer to what DOES work.
So go set an intention to move towards your dreams, be willing to fail and then celebrate the shit out of of the process!